Statutory guidance

Manage your fishing effort: Cod in ICES area VIId

Information on the cod long-term plan and landing obligation.



Schedule 11 of the Fisheries Act 2020 amends retained Regulation (EU) 2018/973 of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a multiannual plan for demersal stocks in the North Sea and the fisheries exploiting those stocks, specifying details of the implementation of the landing obligation in the North Sea as follows:

If you have a historical track record of fishing in the area but have not received a Fishing Authorisation please contact the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) Fisheries Management Team on the contact details below. The following rules apply to the carriage and use of regulated gears in British Fishery Limits only in ICES area VIId for the 2021-22 management year (which runs from 1st February 2021 to 31st January 2022). The rules no longer apply in the ICES areas in the North Sea (ICES Area IIa (EU) & IV), West of Scotland (ICES Area Vb (EU) & VIa), and the Irish Sea (ICES Area VIIa) but continue to apply in VIId.

Compliance with the rules is a requirement of your fishing vessel licence, and there are other conditions on your over ten metre licence which are associated with these rules.

Failure to comply with these rules or any condition of your fishing vessel licence is likely to be investigated and may result in action being taken in line with the MMO Compliance and Enforcement Strategy, including (where appropriate) prosecution.

These rules may be regularly updated or amended and it is recommended that you check these rules on a regular basis. In addition, you should be familiar with the relevant EU and UK national legislation governing the carriage and use of regulated gears in area VIId including those given below: You can check by using the European Commission fishing quota pages.

Published 9 March 2020